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New app identifies Innovation District parking

Starting Wednesday, drivers hunting for a parking space in Boston’s Innovation District will be able to call upon a new tool: a smartphone app to locate the nearest spot.

The city has installed 330 “Smart Parking Sensors” below curbside spots along Seaport Boulevard, Congress and Summer streets, and Boston Wharf Road.

Parker — a free mobile app developed by the company that sells the sensors, California-based Streetline Inc. — works in tandem with the sensors to show drivers which parking spaces are open, city officials said. The app is available for iPhone and Android phone users.

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The city will also unveil newly installed “Time to Destination” signs in the Innovation District Wednesday. The signs use real-time traffic data to help motorists find the quickest route out of the district and onto the local highway system, officials said.

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The signs are located at the following locations: Sleeper Street, just before Seaport Boulevard driving from Northern Avenue; East Service Road, just before Seaport Boulevard driving from Congress Street; and Seaport Boulevard, inbound at Congress Street.

Boston officials said the new technology will reduce traffic congestion and make the sometimes-frustrating search for parking easier.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced a $250,000 pilot program in April to pair real-time parking sensor technology and smartphone apps to make it easier to find parking.

Matt Rocheleau

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele.